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Home Made Art

Are your walls looking a little empty? Art can be pricey so why not make your own. Here’s a few ideas you can try at home!

These canvases have been created using push pins. Simple idea but very effective.

 

This love heart was created using corks. Very cute.

Draw your design on each canvas and using a scalpel blade carefully cut out. Making each slightly different is more appealing. Just like these.

This heart was created using pieces of paper cut into triangles and joined together. This is a great idea for teenage rooms, renters or dorm rooms. You can simply blu tac the paper onto the wall for easy removal.

These canvases have been created using gold paper and a hole punch!

Head to your local hardware or paint store and pick up an assortment of paint chips/ paint samples. Using a butterfly hole punch, punch out the paper and arrange your design. Frame it and you’re done!

Scrabble pieces make great art. Either randomly displayed or spelling out your favourite quotes, words or names. Put them in a neat frame and display.

Using nails, wood and string this art creation is actually quite cool.

A great use of lace doilies. This would look cute for the inside of a tray or notebook covers.

Cover a wreath frame in string lights and paper doilies. Great for Christmas or all year round.

Framed branches. A very simple and quick way to jazz up an empty wall. You could even try spray painting them. 

Fringe Yarn Art. Created using a combination of polyester and cotton yarn. A very pretty wall hanging.

Another gorgeous example of coloured paper/ paint chip samples and hole punches. Choose your colours to suit your space. 

So there you have it. A few DIY art creations that won’t blow the budget to have your empty walls looking pretty! 

Photo Credit: www.pinterest.com

Bread in a Jar for Gift Giving (stores up to 1 year!)

2/3 cup shortening
4 eggs
2/3 cup water
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 ½ teaspoons salt
2 2/3 cup sugar
2 cups canned pumpkin
3 ½ cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cloves
2/3 cup nuts

Cream shortening and sugar;
beat in eggs, pumpkin, and water.
Sift together flour, baking powder, soda, salt, and spices.
Add to pumpkin mixture. Stir in nuts.
Pour mixture into greased wide mouthed pint jars.
Fill ½ full. Bake at 325 for 45 minutes.
When done, remove 1 jar at a time, wipe sealing edge
with paper towl or cloth, and screw cap on tightly.
The heat will vacuum seal the jar
and the bread will keep up to 1 year. Makes 8 pints.

Variations - Substitute for pumpkin any 1 of the following:
2 c. shredded apples or carrots
1 can whole berry cranberry sauce
2 c. apricots
2 c. fresh peaches chopped
1 bag whole cranberries, ground
1 ¾ cup applesauce plus ¼ c. pineapple
2 c. bananas, mashed
2 c. zucchini, shredded

Easy Homemade Extract Recipes

It’s really easy to do and takes little more than a lot of patience as you wait several weeks for the flavors to develop. I can already envision the yogurt lemon cake that the lemon extract will come in handy for and the chocolate stout cake that the chocolate extract will make even more chocolaty.

Chocolate Extract

3 tablespoons cocoa nibs

½ cup vodka or white rum

¼ cup water

Combine ingredients in a jar with a tightly sealed lid. Let sit 6 to 8 weeks in a cool, dark place, shaking every few days or so. Drain extract through a fine sieve to remove solids.

Lemon Extract

2 lemons

½ cup vodka or white rum

¼ cup water

With a vegetable peeler, remove peel from lemons being careful to avoid getting too much of the white pith. Add to a jar with vodka or rum and water, and seal tightly. Let sit 6 to 8 weeks in a cool, dark place, shaking every few days or so. Drain extract to remove solids.

Coffee Extract

2 tablespoons crushed coffee beans

½ cup vodka or white rum

¼ cup water

Combine ingredients in a jar with a tightly sealed lid. Let sit 6 to 8 weeks in a cool, dark place, shaking every few days or so. Drain extract through a fine sieve to remove solids.

Vanilla Extract

3 vanilla pods

¾ cup vodka or white rum

¼ cup water

Split vanilla beans along their length and then slice each in half. Place vanilla beans in a glass jar and pour in alcohol and water. Seal the jar with an airtight fitting lid and let sit for 6 to 8 weeks in a cool, dark place. Shake the jar every few days or so.

Almond extract

3 tablespoons ground skinless, blanched almonds

½ cup vodka or white rum

¼ cup water

Combine ingredients in a jar with a tightly sealed lid. Let sit 6 to 8 weeks in a cool, dark place, shaking every few days or so. Drain extract through a coffee filter to remove solids.

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My friends Jimi and Sam have a longstanding joke where they talk about ‘murdering a woman’ on a night out. So, for Jimi’s birthday we decided to gift him with everything he would need to do so in the stylings of Peter Sutcliffe, aka, The Yorkshire Ripper.

The Peter Sutcliffe Assault kit included;

2 knives; a stone in a sock; a hammer; a fake beard; a v-neck sweater (he was found wearing one of these as a pair of trousers on his arrest, so his genitals were exposed); a rope and a screwdriver.

Jimi never took it home due to the risk factor of being caught whilst out drinking with such a combination of items, and 'Sutty’ became a stable member of the household, though, since moving, he’s mostly taken up residence down the side of the sofa.